Back in the old days, when I moved to Sweden for a year, I got a Kindle. They were still relatively new and shiny, and an internet connection did not come as standard. Mine has an experimental version of the internet, though I don’t think I’ve ever really used it. It still has its first, slightly too small, cover.
In my excitement, I filled it full of classics I thought I ought to read, and modern freebies which sounded interesting.
I didn’t read very many. I discovered that I preferred a Proper Book. Especially for the classics. I was more easily distracted from my reading on my Kindle. And so my Kindle gathered dust. Occasionally I pulled it out to have another go, to see if I could get along with it, but generally I went back to expanding my print library.
In the last year or so, though, I have discovered that I can read some books in eBook form. Not all, just some. Well, those I’ve read before, and therefore don’t need to concentrate on, or can leave for a while between reads.
And so, pulling my Kindle out of storage, I have reduced the titles on it from about 120 down to under 30. All of those worthy classics, gone. The freebies I never read, gone. All that remained were the few I’d managed to read and enjoy, and those which were copies of books on my shelves.
Now I’m rebuilding my Kindle library to reflect my print library, for travelling purposes, and to purchase copies of those I’ve borrowed from public libraries (or friends) and enjoyed.
I still prefer to turn paper pages, but my Kindle has its place too.
What about you – eBooks, print books, or both?
2 thoughts on “Learning to Like my Kindle”
e – almost totally e. I don’t care anymore about turning the physical page unless it’s photo heavy or an old favourite, where the memory of having it read to me sits heavily within the pages. e means I can buy more, not be cramming up the shelves, and I can take it with me. I don’t get uncomfortable trying to hold open The Goldfinch or other literary giants (OMG that thing is heavy in print!) I can look up meanings, highlight or bookmark and share moments with friends quickly.
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I do like the portability of my Kindle library, so it comes on travels with me. What I have trouble with is that I like to flick back and forth when I’m reading a book for the first time, and it’s harder to do that with an eBook. But it would make life easier for the hefty door-stoppers. Just have to read the print first.